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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000059.txt from 2004/10

From: "Keith" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Mozart forgeries and requiem
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 12:13:59 -0400

Hi Lori,

I heard a great report of this concert from mutual friends. Wish I had heard

Well, I know exactly what you mean. It was a rental of basset horns 15 years
ago for the Mozart Requiem and Gran Partitta that started my love affair
with the instrument and determined me to buy one when I could. You are
right, the sound is SO different and so lovely. I'm also glad that I
encouraged you in this, and it is a tiny repayment for all that I have
learned from you in the Kammermusik workshops. I also owe Dan for letting me
play his glorious Fox instrument before ordering one myself. The 18 month
wait was well worth while. Forest Aten calls our cocobolo horns (hewn from
the same log) pieces of furniture, but he's just jealous as hell. Hopefully
the brothers, nay twins, will be reunited for a Requiem performance in 2006.

But I hope you played it on basset HORNS not basset clarinets! <grin>

And yes Dan, I've ordered my copy of those forgeries :-)

Keith Bowen
President and Basset Hornist
Kammermusik Workshops, Inc.

> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2004 09:15:35 -0400
> To:
> From:
> Subject: mozart forgeries & requiem
> Message-ID: <>
> OK Mr. Dan Lesson,
> Thanks to you and Mr. Keith Bowen I will never enjoy the
> Mozart Requiem with clarinet again! This past weekend my
> colleague and I performed the piece with BASSETS! Our
> esteemed conductor, Guillermo Figueroa told us to burn the
> clarinets for this work! When he requested that we try
> bassets, the only reason I agreed was because of your and
> Keith's encouragement.
> Please keep in mind that although we feel extremely lucky to
> have been able to use the bassets on loan from our alma mater
> Northwestern University, I know from first hand experience
> that these instruments by no means even come close to the
> brothers that you and Keith are lucky enough to play on!
> Yet still, I'm absolutely astounded to have this new sound in
> my head of what Mozart really had in mind with 3 trombones, 2
> trumpets, 2 bassoons, and TWO BASSETS! WOW! I'll never
> enjoy the Requiem with clarinets again!
> Forever changed,
> Lori Lovato, 2nd/Eb & Basset Clarinet
> New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
> BTW I'm about half-way through the Mozart Forgeries and will
> be quickly finishing it on the NMSO tour bus ride to Chihuahua!
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 08:46:47 -0700
> To: <>
> From: "dnleeson" <>
> Subject: RE: [kl] mozart forgeries & requiem
> Message-ID: <>
> For whatever encouragement I was able to provide to you I'm
> delighted!! I'm just sorry that I was not there to hear the
> performance. In about two months you will be able to buy "Opus
> Ultimum: The Story Of The Mozart Requiem" which is my
> non-fiction contribution to the quarter millenium celebration
> of Mozart's birth. The book is already announced on
> and, were it not for the fact that the German Book
> Fair is taking up the attention of my publisher, it would
> have been out already.
> It is a lovely instrument to play, and Keith and I are very
> fortunate to have our two brothers.
> Dan Leeson

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